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Yarn bomb makeover for Leicester campus

Snuggly street art transformed University to highlight opportunities for students on campus

Posted by Hannah Oakman | November 27, 2016 | Outdoors

The University of Leicester campus was transformed into a woolly winter wonderland as part of a month dedicated to celebrating the opportunities available to its students.

To raise awareness of a range of opportunities that students can get involved with on its close-knit campus including sports, volunteering, mentoring and ways to boost their career prospects, the University was ‘yarn bombed’ as part of ‘Make the Most of You Month’.

Yarn bombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk. 

Bollards, railings and trees were coated in brightly coloured knitted jumpers, blankets and pom-poms which were created and donated by staff, students and members of the community.

The project has included numerous social knitting sessions on campus and some of the wool used was kindly supplied by KnitOne knitting shop on Queens Road.

The University is also working with Learning for the Fourth Age, a multi award winning charity based in Leicester which provides learning opportunities to older people receiving care. Student volunteers will be visiting four local care homes to carry out knitting related activities and help decorate the homes with Christmas decorations.

Jon Scott, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience at the University of Leicester, said: “The yarn bomb has been run across campus to highlight the ‘Make the Most of You Month’, which showcases the range of opportunities that students can engage with here at the University of Leicester, from sports to volunteering to joining societies. Throughout the month there has been a whole variety of different events to ensure that there is something that everyone can get involved with.”

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